Add a Feature

Add a new feature to an existing product, as seamlessly as possible.

Team Size
5 days
  • Index cards
  • Pens
  • Digital design tool
  • Interface animation prototyping tool
  • Presentation software
  • High-fidelity mockups
  • Click-through prototype of a “happy path”
  • Presentation
  • Design report
Target Device
Mobile App (Either iOS or Android)


You’ve been tasked with adding a new feature to an existing product. The feature may have already been decided on, but that doesn’t mean that conducting some initial research is irrelevant! Decisions like this are often made for all sorts of reasons (business goals, marketing needs, keeping up with the competition), and it’s our job to find ways to still make our work as user-centered as possible. Dig deeper to find out what user goals this feature may really be aimed at, so that you can make a stronger design.


As a new designer joining a team, you’ll often have to rapidly familiarize yourself with your product, your users, and quickly iterate on proposed solutions under tight timelines. Your other stakeholders will all have opinions, and you’ll have to get into the practice of supporting your claims and finding ways to incorporate new features into the existing platform.

Aspects to Consider



We should get a strong sense of:

Suggested Schedule

Day 1

  • Make a project plan
  • Design inventory
  • Brand attributes
  • Benchmark features and flows
  • Outline use cases

Day 2

  • Sketch user flows
  • Explore design options
  • Paper prototype
  • Quick usability tests

Day 3

  • Test & iterate
  • Mockup key flow
  • Crits

Day 4

  • Test & iterate
  • High-fidelity mockups
  • Interactive prototype
  • Finalize your design
  • Prepare presentation and rehearse

Day 5

  • Present your work

Design report

For this project, you’ll be delivering a presentation as well as submitting a written report. The report is an opportunity for you to document your process, findings, takeaways, and iterations. It’s good practice to document as much as you can while you work, so we’re starting that practice early to make it a habit. This will make your life much easier later when you start compiling a portfolio of your work.

We’ll have time dedicated after the presentations of this project to write up the report.

Design Thinking

Remember that design challenges are tackled by alternating divergent and convergent thinking modes. You are expected to conduct exploratory research and narrow down the scope of the problem within the realm of the proposed feature. Then generate multiple possible solutions. Evaluate. Test. Repeat. You’ll have the opportunity to show these iterations in your presentation.